On Thursday, December 8th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced millions of dollars in economic and community development funding awarded through the sixth round of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, including $250,000 in capital funding for the Patchogue LGBT Community Center and $300,000 of “Market NY” funding for the production of the 2017 Pride at the Beach.
The Regional Economic Development Council Initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy. As part of the sixth round, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council selected the LGBT Network projects as regional priorities based on their significant impact to local communities, tourism, and workforce development.
“The LGBT Network is excited and proud of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Andrew Cuomo for their steadfast support of the Patchogue LGBT Community Center and the first Pride at the Beach in the City of Long Beach,” said LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick. “I thank the Governor and the LIREDC for their invaluable leadership and vision, which will help us to strengthen our community, create jobs, and drive economic activity in a region still recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.”
This is the second year in which the LGBT Network has won big at the annual awards, having secured $500,000 towards the construction of the Patchogue LGBT Community Center in round 5.